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Ronald E. Woodling

Sep 12, 2018

Ronald Eugene Woodling, 73, of Chicago, died peacefully with his son at his side on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Seasons Hospice in Chicago, IL of kidney complications.

Born May 6, 1945 in Montgomery, he was the youngest son and the twelfth of thirteen children born to the late John S. and Edna P. (Metzger) Woodling.

Ronald was a graduate of Montgomery High School, Class of 1964. After graduation, he worked at various local companies around Montgomery including JC Decker. Later he worked at the Muncy Valley Hospital in the geriatric area. From 1980 – 1984, Ronald worked for the state by managing the Tri Town Center for the Elderly in Muncy.

Ronald was a self-taught artist who sold many pieces privately and at local shows throughout the Lycoming County area. He was also a talented actor and singer who performed in many shows with local theater groups including the Community Theatre League, MATOTA and the Lycoming College Arena Theatre. He served as the President of the Williamsport Players for two years while involved with dozens of their shows by acting, directing, designing sets, costumes and posters. Ronald even wrote three plays which were presented.

Ronald moved to Chicago in 1992 to be closer to his son and he lived near him in Chicago until his passing.

Ronald was a strong advocate for elderly rights and worked with local politicians in Chicago to improve the lives for those residents in their golden years. A public ceremony was held in 2016 to honor him for all of his efforts.

He enjoyed riding his bike along Lake Michigan, writing stories about childhood memories with family, creating greeting cards and spending time with his son.

Surviving are his son, Corbin Woodling of Chicago; three sisters, Mary (James) Shaffer of Montgomery, Judy (Leon) Stugart of Hughesville, and Linda Clinger of Milton; one brother, John “Jack” (Arla) Woodling Jr. of Hughesville. He was formerly married to Linda (Green) Woodling of Williamsport.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by six sisters, Wanda Blaker, June Houseknecht, Lois Fraley, Phyllis Croman, Ruth Stump, and Doris Eberhart; and two brothers, Max Woodling and Kenny Woodling.

A private ceremony will be held in Chicago. A life celebration will take place in the Muncy area later this fall.